Kowloon Walled City Announce First Album in Six Years, Share Title Track

  • Axl Rosenberg

We hoped that the new song Kowloon Walled City released last month, “Oxygen Tent,” would herald a new album… and our hope was not for naught!

The Oakland-based noise rock/post-hardcore quartet have announced an October 8 release date (via Neurot Recordings and Gilead Media) for their new album, Piecework. It’s their first album since Grievances in 2015. That’s six years in normal time and a millennium in Trump/Pandemic years. TOO LONG!

At least both “Oxygen Tent” and now the title track suggest the wait will be worth it. “Piecework” is a fairly spare song that is somehow both hypnotic and completely anxiety-inducing. There’s a section fairly early on where it gets kinda quiet and I straight-up got nervous. The video is literally just footage of a home in decay, which further adds to the feeling of dread this song conveys. Both the track and the clip demonstrate how less can be more.

Which is by design, of course. In a press release, guitarist Jon Howell notes that he and singer/guitarist Scott Evans — the album’s main songwriters — “[restrained] ourselves into oblivion” for the sake of pushing themselves as artists. Necessity is the mother of invention, y’know?

The video for “Piecework” the song is below. Pre-order Piecework the album here.

"Piecework" is a spare, hypnotic, dread-inducing song.
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